50 Years Ago
Past, Modern Man Linked — Neanderthal man may have built structures, indicating that he was far more advanced than formerly believed and implying that he may have evolved into Cromagnon man. Evidence uncovered at the Molodova site in the Ukraine … is a circle of...
Salmon genetically engineered to grow bigger and faster than normal were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency announced November 19.
The fish are the first genetically engineered animals cleared for human consumption anywhere in the world. The FDA determined that the fish are...
Speaking. Breathing. Eating. The da-dum, da-dum, da-dum of your heart. The vagus nerve (aka Cranial Nerve X or, more poetically, the Wandering Nerve) plays a crucial role in all of these essential functions, linking brain and organs in what’s called the nervous system’s...
Letters to the Editor
The feature “Bright Young Minds,” which profiled 10 promising scientists doing high-caliber research, earned mostly praise and a few criticisms (SN: 10/3/15, p. 20).
Some readers thought the feature inspired hope and optimism. “In...
From Boston neighborhoods to African villages, kids have a cow if another child gets more goodies than they do, a new study finds.
Reacting negatively to getting the short end of the stick develops at younger ages in Western nations than elsewhere, say Boston University psychologist Peter Blake and his colleagues. Culture...
Many people perceive cocaine as one of the most intense stimulant drugs available: It’s illegal, highly addictive and dangerous. Caffeine, in contrast, is the kinder, cuddlier stimulant. It’s legal, has mild effects and in forms such as coffee, it might even be good for your health.
But caffeine in...
Mysterious Neandertal relatives known as Denisovans may have hung out in southern Siberia for 60,000 years or so.
Until now, Denisovans were represented only by DNA from a finger bone found in Siberia’s Denisova Cave in 2008. Evolutionary geneticist Susanna Sawyer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and her colleagues have now extracted nuclear...
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The Planet Remade
Princeton Univ., $29.95
The plans sound like something out of the handbook of a James Bond villain: generate artificial volcanic eruptions,...
DNA from an Incan boy’s mummified body indicates he came from a previously unknown line of maternal ancestors that originated about 14,300 years ago in Peru.
A group led by geneticist Antonio Salas of Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, deciphered the mitochondrial genome of the ritually sacrificed child...
Here’s the latest buzz on ancient farmers in Southwest Asia and Europe — they were big into honeybees.
Farmers spreading west across that wide swath of territory acquired beeswax and probably consumed honey around 9,000 to 5,000 years ago, say biogeochemist Mélanie Roffet-Salque of the University of Bristol in England and her colleagues. Fragments of organic material clinging to pottery...